Rethinking Integrity: The Challenges of Cincinnati’s Black History Sites


This session will begin with a 30-minute introductory presentation by preservationist Rory Krupp on our traditional understanding of architectural integrity and the way it has been expanded in two recent preservation successes--the Ohio Multiple Listing Designation for sites associated with the Civil Rights movement in Ohio and the local designation of the Manse Hotel in Cincinnati. Krupp’s remarks will be followed by two local case studies of Black history sites where issues of integrity have impeded the preservation process and the acknowledgement of sites of significance to Greater Cincinnati’s Black community—Revelation Baptist Church and the Black suburb of Lincoln Heights. These case studies will be presented by community activist Carlton Collins and preservationist Anne Delano Steinert. The session will conclude with a 30-minute open discussion of what preservation professionals might do to move beyond the restrictions imposed on the profession be existing definitions and interpretations of architectural integrity. This discussion will rely on compelling prompts and paired sharing to keep the dialog lively.

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Jul 15, 2022 8:30 AM

Carlton Robert Collins

Carlton Robert Collins, Engagement Co-Facilitator & Community Organizer, brought his experience in facilitation and deep listing to the project. Collins has a background in education and nonprofit management with a decade of service including recruitment of minority educators, program design & development for national initiatives, strategy for nonprofit clients, and college placement and career exploration for young people in Greater Cincinnati and Metro Atlanta. He specializes in bias training, Black male achievement, community advocacy and activism, direct political action, and social change theory. He is the co-founder of The Heights Movement, the operators of My Brother’s Keeper Lincoln Heights in conjunction with the Obama Foundation, a minority business development firm called Engines That Work, and his educational consultancy, EDUC8theWORLD.

Rory Krupp

Rory Krupp, Principal, Owens & Eastlake Preservation ConsultingPreservation consultant Rory Krupp was the engine behind the local landmark designation of Cincinnati’s Manse Hotel and was the primary writer for the State of Ohio’s multiple property registration for sites associated with the Civil Rights movement in Ohio. He holds an MA in history and public history from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in Ancient History and Classics from the Ohio State University. Krupp has extensive experience in preservation survey and nomination work and is an innovative thinker about ways to expand the preservation of African American cultural sites.


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